Louise Prentice

Louise Prentice - Designer

Hove, UK

Professional Illustrator - hand-drawn, textured, emotive and that's just me! Genres: kid's books, nature/animal, inspirational and adventure

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Hi, I'm Louise, a professional illustrator based in Brighton. I've recently worked on creating imagery for: Timbalaya's children's adventure story (soon to be park) that brings an immersive world to life.
Can You Keep a Secret? - an insightful children's book set in wartime, France.
Mimi the Mermaid and Friends at Christmas - the name says it all!
The Human Emergency - a powerful and poignant poem.

I'm passionate about what I do - if you cut me in half like a stick of rock, it'd say 'visual storyteller' in there. People say my artwork is whimsical, inspiring, thought-provoking, colourful, dark, textured, and 'did you draw that?' My artwork portfolio isn't one style - I'm too curious about materials, but it plays on the textured and detailed side. Most of my work is geared towards children; however, I'm fascinated by books, so your words will fascinate me.
I've created: character designs, covers (illustration and design), interior illustrations (single and multiple), chapter heads, spot illustrations, and vignettes.

I LOVE getting into the head of a writer and their world. The challenge gives me goosebumps -, hopefully matching your own. I can work with you to find the best outcome for your project/baby/tome/manuscript. If you're unsure what you need, I'll work intuitively through questions/conversation and start you from there.
Budget; we can discuss the project, but the bigger and more in-depth imagery will cost more because of time spent. However, no matter what your budget, size, detail, colour (or B&W) you'll receive high-quality artwork.

Hopefully, my work speaks for itself - if you need more convincing, see testimonials below.

I'm looking forward to creating your imagery for you!

Side note: I have design and typesetting experience - book publishing and desktop publishing.

TESTIMONIALS:

Poem - The Human Emergency: Louise is an incredible illustrator who perfectly followed my brief and added extra dimensions of emotional depth to the poem illustrated for me. She is very easy to work with and gets the job finished with minor distraction. Highly recommended.

Book - Can You Keep a Secret?: The quality of illustrations is a testament to Louise's creative abilities. Her empathetic contribution throughout the process was invaluable. Interpreting the brief, she brought a depth of understanding of the characters/situations and on which events and plot development points would be best to visualise. She dramatised pivotal moments and breathed life into the characters through her sensitivity and attention to detail, making the development both an exciting and pleasurable experience.

Book - Mimi the Mermaid and Friends at Christmas: Louise was a delight to work with. She has really brought alive my simple childish verse with the most charming pictures. I am lucky that I came across her in my search for an illustrator and that she will do a similar job for book 2 in the series! Katy


Non-Fiction
Inspirational
Nature
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Poetry
Short Story

Certifications

  • M.A. Children's Book Illustration
  • B.A. Graphic Design and Illustration
  • PGCE Secondary Art Education

Awards

  • Egmont Publishers - Best New Talent
  • Macmillan Publishers - Highly commended

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator, Designer, Artist and Teacher

Self-employed
April, 1998 – Present (over 22 years)

The title on my business card says 'Creative Doodah', befitting because I've worked in various sectors of the arts and I couldn't find a more apt word to describe me.
Here's some of the work I do/havedone:

Professional Arts Practitioner - Book Illustration, Illustration, Fine Art
David and Charles Publishers - Book designer
Devon Life Magazine - Homes and Gardens - Creative/Designer
E.I.G - Sinclair Henderson - Senior Publishing Supervisor and Designer
Working alongside​ teachers in writing and illustrating books

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Can You Keep a Secret?: Growing Up Under Occupation, A Child's Tale of Courage, Risk and Resistance

Anne de Cintra

Set in a rural town in South West France from 1940 to 1944, Can You Keep a Secret? examines the effect of the German occupation on the community, as seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old child. Living with a teenage brother and parents who own a café in the market square, the child regularly escapes to a secret world in the forests to play with friends. Meanwhile, the atmosphere in the town... read more

Set in a rural town in South West France from 1940 to 1944, Can You Keep a Secret? examines the effect of the German occupation on the community, as seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old child. Living with a teenage brother and parents who own a café in the market square, the child regularly escapes to a secret world in the forests to play with friends. Meanwhile, the atmosphere in the town... read more

Mimi the Mermaid and Friends at Christmas

Katy Dix

Mimi the Mermaid and Friends at Christmas is a beautifully illustrated Christmas themed children's bedtime storybook.This picture book, written in rhyming verse is intended to be the perfect parent to child read-aloud book. It is aimed at pre-school 3 to 5 year-olds.Katy Dix has drawn inspiration for this book from her childhood favourites of The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley with its wonde... read more

Mimi the Mermaid and Friends at Christmas is a beautifully illustrated Christmas themed children's bedtime storybook.This picture book, written in rhyming verse is intended to be the perfect parent to child read-aloud book. It is aimed at pre-school 3 to 5 year-olds.Katy Dix has drawn inspiration for this book from her childhood favourites of The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley with its wonde... read more

Louise has 1 review

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Jenni Clarke
Louise was a pleasure to work with, she had great ideas, understood what I wanted and she worked hard to make changes when I asked and produced a beautiful illustration. I would work with her again. Thank you. Jenni Clarke

Jenni Clarke, May 2020

Louise Prentice
Thank you, Jenni. It was a brilliant experience. I loved creating the image for you.

Reply from Louise Prentice

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